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10 College Tips From a College Senior

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As an upcoming college freshmen, I've been nervous/excited for this new chapter of my life. My boyfriend, Dan, has been super helpful in helping me prepare and tackle college gracefully. Here are his ten tips, and I hope they help you too! :) 
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5 Tips for the Summer Interns!

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Recently, the blog has been on a hiatus because of my busy schedule. I've been busy with my summer internship; I currently intern for my Mayor at the Department of Cultural Affairs. It is interesting being a seasonal because I learned so much about the work that my city puts into planning events for the public. This is my second summer internship (my first was last summer with Fidelity Investments). I feel very ready to go into the workforce because of my weekly training last year and workshops; I am very excited to share these tips with you today!
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Dear Future Roomies

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Dear Future Roomies,
In less than a month, we will be moving in together. We'll surely bump into each other as we unload boxes of clothes and random memorabilia that we just can not leave at home. We'll move furniture around over and over again until we are too tired to determine which layout is most roomy, and just accept this space as our home. We'll try the best to make our dorm the "cutest room on the floor." (Even though our furniture is Ikea, our aspirations are Crate and Barrel.) We'll talk, and we'll be shy even though we have been texting for months. We'll get homesick (I'll be there for you). We'll learn Math 155 together (possibly fail together) and we'll each discover our newfound freedom and independence. We'll learn how to do well without studying too much. We'll talk all night about random subjects until we realize that we are screwed because we have an 8:55 class. We'll eat together at the cafeteria because we are too lazy to cook or go out. We'll complain about cafeteria food together. We'll take so many pictures together; Kim Kardashian's selfie book has nothing on us. We'll go on adventures together. We'll get lost in the city, and we will feel terrified because the metro closes at night. We'll learn to give each other space. We'll suffocate each other sometimes. We'll binge watch Netflix and grow unhealthily obsessed with a show. We'll find our favorite spot to study on campus. We'll fight because one of us forgot to clean up a mess or ate all the candy even though there was a note claiming it. We'll make up because it is awkward to live with someone you are upset with, and because we love each other too much to fight anyways. We'll laugh, we'll learn, and we'll grow together. We'll always be there for each other, from hard classes to hard days. Best of all, we'll be the first best friends we each make on campus. 
Sincerely Yours,
Your very excited Froomie
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Life as a Vegetarian

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Recently, I've made a huge lifestyle change; I decided to go veggie! I decided to change my life style because I wanted to do it for my health, religion, and love of animals. I've never related the meat I ate to an animal. I always thought of a hamburger as a hamburger, and not a cow. One day, on a run, I saw a family of baby ducks. That night I was supposed to have duck for dinner with my family. However, I knew I couldn't because it was very difficult for me to eat the meal after understanding that it is an animal. I've done some research before officially calling myself a vegetarian, and I started off slow. I had certain days where I could "cheat" on this vegetarian diet if I felt that I needed to. However, I did not find meat meals as appealing as I once did.  The change was hard at first because everyone in my house and my boyfriend love meat. I respect their opinion because I myself loved bacon. I couldn't find myself to try to convert someone into vegetarianism just because it is something I feel strongly about; people should eat what they feel comfortable eating. Haha, who am I to tell you what to eat? 
When I told people of my lifestyle change, many were very supportive and it made the transaction feel easier. People said I was "cool" for doing this and it made me feel very good about my choice. However, someone did tell me I was going to "starve and want to slit my wrists because you won't find food." That comment shocked me because it was so ignorant and close minded. There are so many foods that do not contain meat, and I personally do not believe that I have to eat meat just because it is readily available and easier to access sometimes (for example when going out). Because of my diet, I find myself to be very creative when cooking at home. (I replace the meats in my favorite meals with vegetables or grains.) I also have to be aware of the proteins and vitamins that I have to provide in my diet since I cut out meat (Beans are great for protein and veggie burgers are so convenient). When I go out with my friends, I find myself ordering some variation of potato. Seriously, I never understood the importance of fries until I became a vegetarian. 
Overall, I love being a vegetarian. This is the best decision I have ever made in my life. I've been happier, healthier, and more active since this change. I've lost 15 pounds by just cutting out meat, and I am more motivated to become more active too! I'm full of energy and I feel so light. All my meals have been guilt free (except when I binge eat fries) and I feel very excited for this change. Thanks for reading! :)

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